starchy

[ stahr-chee ]
/ ˈstɑr tʃi /
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adjective, starch·i·er, starch·i·est.

of, relating to, or of the nature of starch.
containing starch.
stiffened with starch.
stiff and formal, as in manner.

Nearby words

  1. starch,
  2. starch blocker,
  3. starch syrup,
  4. starch-reduced,
  5. starched,
  6. stardom,
  7. stardust,
  8. stare,
  9. stare decisis,
  10. stare down

Origin of starchy

First recorded in 1795–1805; starch + -y1

Related formsstarch·i·ly, adverbstarch·i·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for starchiness

  • "I do not know where your uncle is," replied Gabriel suddenly, and losing his starchiness.



British Dictionary definitions for starchiness

starchy

/ (ˈstɑːtʃɪ) /

adjective starchier or starchiest

of, relating to, or containing starchstarchy foods
extremely formal, stiff, or conventionala starchy manner
stiffened with starch
Derived Formsstarchily, adverbstarchiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for starchiness

starchy

adj.

1802, from starch + -y (2). Related: Starchily; starchiness.

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